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Dance for a Cure 2018: Kylie Dalton speaks to 89.7 Twin Cities FM

Earlier today, Kylie Dalton from CLCRF was a special guest of Sue Myc’s mornings show on Twin Cities FM to discuss Dance for a Cure 2018.

Kylie shared her passion and excitement of the event with Twin Cities listeners which supports child cancer research in a fun and engaging way with the general public.

Next Sunday, Forrest Place will be awash with choreographed vibrant dancing from hundreds of families in superhero costumes to raise vital funds and awareness for Telethon.

Listen to the full interview below:

In its fifth year, Dance for A Cure has always left participants thrilled, inspired and eager to keep dancing.

The event has raised almost $80,000 for Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF) to continue their important ground-breaking research so that future generations of children will be the ones to live cancer free.

Experienced choreographer Ashanti Suriyam from The Dance Workshop has crafted this year’s routine to Bonnie Tyler’s chart topping hit, Holding Out for a Hero, for the public to learn before the big day.

A rehearsal will take place the week before on Sunday 11 November at Lathlain Oval, Lathlain.

Five other dance schools from across Perth will also be performing their own showcase routines before ‘exiting stage left’ for the general public to strut their stuff in their hero outfits.

Children’s TV star from the 80’s and Telethon Mascot Fat Cat will dust off his dancing paws and join in with the kids and adults for the main performance.

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Dance for A Cure – an interview with Event Organiser Kylie Dalton

Dance For A Cure is an event that raises funds for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.  Taking place on Sunday 18 November in Forest place, this event is for the dancer in all of us.  The theme this year is superheroes, so get your cape on and register now on the Dance For A Cure website.

 Around The Sound spoke to the Dance For A Cure’s coordinator, Kylie Dalton.

Kylie Dalton is a superhero.  It’s a crown that doesn’t rest well on this unassuming woman.  She doesn’t wear the outward mantle, there’s no cape or amulets, no showiness at all, but spend a few moments with Dalton and you know what it’s like to be caught up in her passion and urgency to create change and better lives for the people around her.

Dalton is the coordinator of Dance For A Cure, a yearly event that has been running since 2012 to raise funds for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.  The clue is in the name.  Each year, Dalton organises an event where people come together to dance and raise funds for the Foundation.

“If you only do one thing for charity this year, this should be the one.”

Here are all the reasons why.

It’s fun…
“It’s just fun.  It’s so much fun!” says Dalton.  As a committed non-dancer, even I’m warming up to the idea of joining in at this point in our conversation.  This is a woman how knows how to generate enthusiasm.

“Dance for a Cure has grown from a flash mob I did in 2012.  I had somebody approach me wanting to do this flash mob in honour of a young lady that passed away from leukaemia, and I was like, ‘I can help you with that!’  Me being me, I don’t do anything by halves; I found out later, after I’d organised the event that she was thinking about 25 people, something really small, and 700 people turned up!”

“That first year, everybody had so much fun.  There was so much joy on people’s faces.”

… But it’s not a fun run …
“The whole reason I started Dance For A Cure, is I hate fun runs.  I hate getting up at five in the morning and everybody does fun runs and bike treks, so I thought how do we put music and dance together with something that is so fundamentally important to everyone, and that is families that are going through childhood cancer.  There are so many of them, it’s the most prolific of childhood deaths.”

… And, the serious part, it’s for the kids.
As she begins to speak about her connection with the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation and the families and children that she works with, those directly affected by cancer, Dalton immediately begins to well up.

“My motivation is that I work with kids that go through cancer.  If I can’t find some joy for them then what are we doing?  And, it’s because they can’t that we should.”

“Nobody tells the family’s story, the constant struggle.  They might be in remission, but they might end up back in hospital the next day, or the next week, or the next year.  And it also doesn’t mean that they then don’t have a lifetime of complications from the chemotherapy.  We’ve got people that have liver damage, there are so many affects from the drugs used.  They might have fought cancer and effectively won, but have they really?  Their whole life is affected.”

At this point, Dalton excuses herself and leaves the table so that she can compose herself.  This is the serious end of the conversation, the part where I learn that, behind the aura of fun, the can-do approach to her life and work, Dalton is a woman whose humanity runs deep.  After a few moments, she returns to our table, continues where she’s left off, the steel in her eyes glistening with residue of her tears.

“It’s a lifetime diagnosis, because the treatment protocols that the kids are getting at the moment are for adults and they just adjust it based on dosage and not necessarily on what a child’s body can cope with.  Children’s Leukaemia, since I’ve known them, have been funding research on how to change the protocols.  They’re so close to clinical trials, but it just takes funding.  We’re this close to finding solutions to being able to lessen the harm on the bodies of children.”

“When they become cancer free for five years they then spend the rest of their lives dealing with what it’s [chemotherapy] done to their body, their livers, their kidneys, their bones, their teeth, their eyesight, their hearing, their learning ability.  So, yes, they might have no more cancer in their body, but they are in and out of hospital for their rest of their lives dealing with the after effects.  If we can find a better way for the treatment protocols that we have now to work for kids, or targeted therapy, their outcomes could improve exponentially, and they can live much better lives than they’re living right now.  So, that’s my motivation.”

There’s not really much more that needs to be said, except to share the logistics.

The event is being held on Sunday 18 November in Forest Place from 9.30 am – 12.00 pm (no early starts).  Registration is via the Dance For A Cure website.

The theme this year is superheroes.

“This year, we’re doing a superhero dance.  So many kids are being pulled out of remission and going back to treatment at the moment, which is really, really heartbreaking, because I work with the kids.  We’ve done yellow T-shirts, which is the childhood cancer colour.  This year I wanted to do something different.  All the kids love to wear superhero outfits, so let’s get everybody dressed up in superhero costumes, or hero costumes, whoever your hero might be.  Our volunteer team chose Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ as the song for people to dance to, so it will have wide appeal having been on the Shrek soundtrack and being first released when the parents were a bit younger.”

If you’re thinking of going (you definitely should), here’s a photo of Kylie Dalton.  If you don’t have a superhero costume, just come along as Kylie, she all the superhero you’ll ever need.

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One final thing.  If you’re mortally afraid of dancing, don’t be.

“Don’t get bogged down on knowing the steps or learning the steps.  It’s about supporting an incredible charity, that’s a West Australian charity, that funds research at the Telethon Kid’s Institute, which is where all of the money raised goes.”

“The biggest things it that Dance for a Cure encompasses the whole community so, whatever way you want to be involved, you can be involved.  There’s no barriers to it.”

“We’ve filmed all of the public dance piece and all the choreography is broken down into sections and it’s all online for people to be able to do.”

Register here, register now.

“Our goal is to get a thousand people to this year’s event.”

Let’s make it 10,000.

Source: Around the Sound – October 30, 2018 by Andrew Thompson

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Perth set to ‘Dance for a Cure’ to help fight Childhood Cancer

On Sunday 18 November at 9:30am, the City of Perth will be awash with choreographed vibrant dancing from hundreds of families in Forest Place to raise vital funds and awareness for Telethon and help fight a cancer that is still the leading cause of death from disease in Australian children.

Individuals and families are being encouraged to dress up as their favourite hero — whether that’s a superhero such as Spiderman, Superman and Wonder Woman, their favourite sports star or anyone in their lives that they see as a hero — and learn a short, easy to follow, and fun routine.

In its fifth year, Dance for A Cure has always left participants thrilled, inspired and eager to keep dancing.

The event has raised almost $80,000 for Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF) to continue their important ground-breaking research so that future generations of children will be the ones to live cancer free.

Experienced choreographer Ashanti Suriyam from The Dance Workshop has crafted this year’s routine to Bonnie Tyler’s chart topping hit, Holding Out for a Hero, for the public to learn before the big day.

A rehearsal will take place the week before on Sunday 11 November at Lathlain Oval, Lathlain.

Five other dance schools from across Perth will also be performing their own showcase routines before ‘exiting stage left’ for the general public to strut their stuff in their hero outfits.

Children’s TV star from the 80’s and Telethon Mascot Fat Cat will dust off his dancing paws and join in with the kids and adults for the main performance.

The routine choreography has been recorded and is available on the Dance for a Cure website — www.danceforacure.com.au — for participants to practice at home.

Dance for a Cure welcomes a brand new long-term partnership with Telethon and all funds raised from the event will be presented to Telethon to help ensure a better life for children facing this life threatening illness.

Event organiser Kylie Dalton said families and individuals that take part relish the unique experience.

“It has been my honour to organise this event for the families of Perth. My joy is seeing them dance and then hearing them want to do it all over again once the dance is done,” said Kylie.

“It makes all the planning and sleepless nights worth it. We need to keep this in the news so that people never stop looking for a cure to all childhood cancers. What we raise goes directly to our own WA Research projects.”

Individuals and families from all over Perth are strongly encouraged to register to be a part of this great event via the Dance for A Cure website: www.danceforacure.com.au.

Source: Have a Go News – 29

 

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Dance For A Cure holds out for a hero at Forest Place November 18

THERE will be no immediate cause for alarm when a league of superheroes descends on Forest Place.

The heroes will fight the villain of childhood cancer at the fifth Dance For A Cure at 9.30am on Sunday, November 18.

All funds from the event will help Telethon ensure a better life for children facing the life-threatening illness.

Five Perth dance schools will perform a showcase before the public take centre stage in a routine to Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out For A Hero, choreographed by The Dance Workshop’s Ashanti Suriyam.

Individuals and families are encouraged to learn the short, easy-to-follow and fun routine from an online video and attend the event dressed as their favourite hero, be it superhero, sports star or personal hero.

Telethon’s Fat Cat will also dance in the main performance and there will be a rehearsal at Lathlain Oval on Sunday, November 11.

Event organiser Kylie Dalton said it was an honour to be part of Dance For A Cure.

“My joy is seeing them dance and then hearing them want to do it all over again once the dance is done,” Dalton said.

“It makes all the planning and sleepless nights worth it.

“We need to keep this in the news so that people never stop looking for a cure to all childhood cancers.

“What we raise goes directly to our own WA research projects,” she said.

Register and learn the routine at www.danceforacure.com.au.

Source: Eastern Reporter – 18

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Charity rider’s wheel power

COMO resident Katelyn Lush is one of 12 cyclists this week riding from Perth to Augusta for the Southwest Bike Trek. The journey across the South-West started on Sunday in Subiaco and has stops at Fairbridge, Preston Beach, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River before finishing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta on Saturday.

Ms Lush, the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF) executive assistant, said she was no professional cyclist but wanted to give it a crack.
“Two years ago, I cut off my 40cm long hair and shaved my head and raised $13,500 with my friend for charity so this year I thought the bike trek would be the next best thing,” she said.
“I decided to give it a crack and it seemed like a good idea.”

Ms Lush spent 10 months training in the lead-up to the 600km ride. Ms Lush has an Everyday Hero page to raise funds for CLCRF. She has currently raised over $800, beating her goal of $500, but wants to raise more. To donate go to https://bit.ly/2P8J09a.

Source: Southern Gazette (South Perth)

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South West Bike Trek: Eric Maddock speaks to 98five Sonshine FM

CLCRF Foundation member and South West Bike Trek coordinator Eric Maddock took to the microphone a couple of weeks ago on Mornings With Mike on 98five Sonshine FM to share his insights into next week’s South West Bike Trek.

In case you missed the interview you can listen below:

Next Sunday, 12 riders will embark on a six-day bike ride from Subiaco to Augusta for the Southwest Bike Trek to raise vital funds and awareness for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF).

The journey across WA’s iconic South West region, which is more than 300km, will start at Mueller Park, Subiaco, stopping off en route at Fairbridge, Preston Beach, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River before finishing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta on Saturday 13 October.

Childhood cancer is the single greatest cause of death from disease in Australian children, with three children losing their lives to cancer every week. Childhood cancer is second only to breast cancer in terms of the number of years of life lost by the disease.

Donations to the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) help fund valuable scientific research into childhood cancers. Over the past 30 years CLCRF has made amazing breakthroughs into the treatment children receive. It is because of this research that those children have an opportunity to live long and fulfilling lives.

The first ever SouthWest Bike Trek took place back in 2002 and has raised just under $700,000 for child cancer research projects over 16 years.

If you would like to donate to help Eric and his fellow riders to raise vital funds please donate now.

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Como resident Katelyn Lush to embark on 600km Southwest trek

COMO resident Katelyn Lush will be one of 12 cyclists embarking on a six-day ride from Subiaco to Augusta for the Southwest Bike Trek this Sunday. The journey across WA’s iconic South West region will start at Mueller Park, Subiaco, stopping off en route at Fairbridge, Preston Beach, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River before finishing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta on October 13.

Miss Lush, the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF) executive assistant, said although she’s not a professional cyclist, she still wanted to give it a crack.
“Two years ago I cut off my 40cm long hair and shaved my head and raised $13,500 with my friend for charity so this year I thought the bike trek would be the next best thing,” she said.
“I decided to give it a crack and it seemed like a good idea.”

Miss Lush has been training for 10 months, which has helped increase her fitness levels in the lead-up to the 600km long ride.
“I’ve been given tips and I’ve been trained as well,” she said.
“It’s been hard work, I thought I was going to pull out at the beginning of the year as it was a lot more intense than I anticipated but I stuck with it.”

Miss Lush has launched an EverydayHero page to raise funds for CLCRF. She has currently raised over $800, beating her goal of $500, but wants to raise more. To donate go to https://bit.ly/2P8J09a

Source: Western Suburbs Weekly – October 4th, 2018, 02:00PM

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Friends of Finlay Camp Out at Lathlain Park raises funds for research into rare childhood cancers

CAMPING is one of Finlay Higgs’ favourite outdoor activities and a happy escape for the five-year-old, who continues to fight a rare form of childhood cancer. At three years old, Finlay was diagnosed with stage four high risk hepatoblastoma, a rare type of liver cancer, before undergoing multiple surgeries and treatments. While undergoing treatment the Joondalup toddler wasn’t able to have a normal childhood and enjoy the things he loves like camping, so the Higgs’ family created a fundraising initiative in honour of children like Finlay.

This month, Finlay and his family invite the Perth community to attend their second annual community campout at Lathlain Park to raise funds for critical research into childhood cancers. Held at the Perth Football Club’s home ground from October 27, the family-friendly event will include a Perth Demons football clinic, storytelling around the campfire, sing-along sessions, face painting, live music and a barbecue. All proceeds from the two-day fundraiser go to the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation’s Million Dollar Project for Telethon.

Finlay’s mother Katey Higgs said last year’s campout was a huge success and since then, Finlay had made promising progress.
“Since the last camp out Finlay has started kindy and is really enjoying making lots of new friends,” she said.
“He has remained disease-free and is getting stronger and stronger.
“My favourite thing about last year’s campout was seeing how relaxed and happy everyone looked sitting around together as a family, enjoying the barbecue and listening to the fabulous entertainment.”

Mrs Higgs said the rareness of hepatoblastoma meant that much more funding for research was needed to improve the current survival rate, which varied from 20 per cent to 70 per cent, dependent on how advanced the cancer was.
“The more they discover and learn about childhood cancers, the better they will be able to treat all children,” she said.
“Without donations, there is no research.
“Without research, nothing changes.
“We want to make changes – we want childhood cancers to be universally survivable.”

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Friends of Finlay Camp Out

When: Saturday, October 27 from 2pm to Sunday, October 28 8.30am
Where: Lathlain Park
For the day’s itineraries and to register, visit friendsoffinlay.com.au/events/campout

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Katie Lush talks to 89.7fm about the South West Bike Trek

CLCRF’s very own Executive Assistant, Katie Lush, is joining this year’s South West Bike Trek. This morning Katie spoke with Sue Myc on 89.7 Twin Cities FM’s morning show about the ride, what she’s looking forward to and why she feels the need to ride for such a good cause.

In case you missed the interview you can listen below:

 

On Sunday 7 October, 12 riders will embark on a six-day bike ride from Subiaco to Augusta for the Southwest Bike Trek to raise vital funds and awareness for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF).

The journey across WA’s iconic South West region, which is more than 300km, will start at Mueller Park, Subiaco, stopping off en route at Fairbridge, Preston Beach, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River before finishing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta on Saturday 13 October.

Childhood cancer is the single greatest cause of death from disease in Australian children, with three children losing their lives to cancer every week. Childhood cancer is second only to breast cancer in terms of the number of years of life lost by the disease.

Donations to the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) help fund valuable scientific research into childhood cancers. Over the past 30 years CLCRF has made amazing breakthroughs into the treatment children receive. It is because of this research that those children have an opportunity to live long and fulfilling lives.

The first ever SouthWest Bike Trek took place back in 2002 and has raised just under $700,000 for child cancer research projects over 16 years.

If you would like to donate to help Katie and her fellow riders raise vital funds please donate now.

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